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Full text of "The Letters Of Horace Walpole Vol I"

b White-chapel.
1730J                          -LV   JLH
account of the places I have seen, which are not to be found
in Mr. Addison, whose method I shall follow2.    On 9th of
Get*., 1735, we set out from Lodonea (the Lugdunum of the «• London,
Ancients), the capital city of Lombardy, in a chariot-and-four.
About 11 o'clock, we arrived at a place the Italians call
Tempialbulob.   Virgil seems to have prophesied of this
town when he says—
Amisit verum vetus Albula nomen.
By Time the founder's great design was crost, And Albula its genuine title lost.
Here are no remains of Roman antiquity but a statue of Marc Aurelius c, which the Lombards call Guglielmo Terzo, one of their kings, and some learned mend St. George and the Dragon. It is an equestrian statue, and almost equal to that of Charlemagne, at the Great Cross e, at Lodone. The church is an old Gothic building, and reckoned the most ancient in Italy. Here was some time ago an altar-piece of the Lord's Supper, in which the painter having quarrelled with the Abbotf of this church, represented him like Judas3, with this epigram:—
Falleris* Me gui te pingi sub imagine credis, Non similis Judas est tibi—•jpoenituit.
Think not, vain man, thou here art represented, Thou art not like to Judas—he repented.
Prom thence we made the best of our way to a town, which in English we should call Stony-Stratford, and corresponds with the description which Virgil has given of it—
— vivo praetervehor Ostia Saxo Stratfordi, Megarosgue sinus, Tapsumque iacentem.
0 Statue of King William at a stonecutter's. d See Addison, Trav., p. 26.
6 Statue of King Charles at Charing Cross.
f Dr. White .Kennet, Bishop of Peterborough.
2  The places  mentioned  in this letter are on the high road from London to Cambridge.
3 The correct version of this story is as follows:  Dr. Bichard Welton (d, 1726), the nonjuring Rector of
Whitechapel, who resented Kennett's opposition to Sacheverell, employed the artist James Fellowes (d. 1730) to depict Kennett as Judas in an altar-piece in his church.